Back to Homeschool Week: Curriculum

10 Aug


ASK a homeschool mom what curriculum she uses and see her eyes light up. Ask me, and you would be disappointed. There are so many ways and styles to educate a child, and usually, the most that they would learn from, and enjoy it along the way, is not through- you guessed it- a curriculum.

Let me first define what a curriculum is and what it is not in our home. A curriculum is a tool– a tool that we use to inspire and to guide. A good curriculum is meant to be a road map, not THE direction to get somewhere. It is not meant to burden, but to enlighten. It is not to subjugate, but to lead.

Having established that gave us much freedom and confidence to walk our education, with me as the oldest student. It becomes easier to grasp that what works beautifully for others might not even appeal to us.

Now that I’m done with the runaround, let me say that we are using Tapestry of Grace Year I for history, biblical worldview, literature, writing and geography. This is our first year with Tapestry, and our first using a curriculum tool of this scope, so I could not go into much details about it, except for the planning which is I talked about here.

I had mentioned more than once that using the Charlotte Mason approach has really instilled a love of learning in our family, including mom. Our favorite aspects of CM are: nature study, music and art appreciation, copywork, the use of different styles of narration, short lessons, and of course, learning with living books. Some of our favorite resources are right there in the sidebar for anyone to explore.

Special thanks to Randi at I Have to Say for hosting Back to Homeschool Week. I have been inspired. How neat to get so many different insightful answers to a single question and read of the stories and learning experiences along the way.

6 Responses to “Back to Homeschool Week: Curriculum”

  1. Jennifer August 10, 2007 at 2:26 pm #

    That, “What curriculum do you use?” question is always a tricky one for me too. I usually say, “Oh, we don’t use anything. We don’t do anything. We’re slugs,” or some other nonsense because it’s so hard to explain briefly what we actually do.

  2. yielded August 10, 2007 at 3:56 pm #

    lol. Can I borrow that one, Jennifer?

  3. Dana August 10, 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    I like your description of curriculum. Formal curriculae can be enslaving in a way because we tend to trust the book and feel like everything has to be done by that schedule.

    Thank you for your thoughts!

  4. Kimmie August 11, 2007 at 8:07 am #

    Hmm, I’d have to agree with you. We too love the Charlotte Mason style of learning. When I began 11 years ago, I didn’t know who Charlotte Mason was…after 4 years of doing Charlotte Mason Style I came across her original book that I interlibrary loaned (can’t recall the title), but I felt so affirmed in how I was schooling and that it indeed was an actual form. So much to learn all around us !

    Be blessed;
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  5. titus2woman August 11, 2007 at 8:08 am #

    I too like your description of curriculum~fantastic post! If ya ever need a laugh, I’ll call you from jail… LOL! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  6. Randi August 15, 2007 at 9:58 pm #

    I just got my TOG in the mail yesterday and I am looking forward to getting a good look at it!

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